Family Plans to Bridge the Gap from Winter to Spring
By Sandy Schroeder
About this time every year, many parents reach the breaking point as they watch the weather reports and try to corral restless kids who are bouncing off the walls. Or they may be trying to uproot the ones who are firmly planted in front of their favorite video game. If you can relate, it may be time to take action.
Start with your family. If you have little guys, you may need new ways to play inside. If you have older ones, it may be time for snow sports, or tickets to their favorite games, concerts, and art shows.
Plans for Little Guys
Let your imagination roam and help them create something new.
Painter’s tape creations – A roll of painter’s tape can create a race track in the family room for toy cars, trucks and trains. Or they may want a maze for their favorite fantasy characters, or a space station.
Indoor forts – Kids love hideaways. Move tables together or use a large appliance box. Then add pillows and blankets to create an instant fort for kids to crawl around in.
Storybook and art corner – A trip to the art center for chalk, markers, pens and sketching pads, or a stop at the bookstore for some new storybooks with their favorite characters may be all you need to create a favorite spot at home to read and draw. Add some pillows and a bulletin board to pin up original creations.
Older Kids’ Stuff
Pry them away from their screens and give them some new choices.
Weekend getaway – This may be a great time to take a few days off and head out with your teens for skating, skiing or snowboarding.
Take classes together – Whatever fascinates your kids might be expanded upon with a community center class. Gardening, astronomy, watercolors, sculpture, photography, knitting or weaving classes may be available.
Assign cooking duties – If your kids already know how to cook or bake, this may be the time to assign one night a week to them to create supper. They may need a little help to get started, but then they may be very pleased and proud to cook and serve the whole meal.
Home projects – Picking new colors for their rooms, redoing the family room, or refinishing bookcases could be a great way to keep everybody busy and have all of the work done before summer arrives.
Every family is different. Pick the things that fit your family. Whatever works may be just what you need to span the gap from winter to spring and summer.
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